Are you contemplating leaving the big city behind and starting a new life in the countryside? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at farming but are not quite sure where to settle down? We think the province of Manitoba might be calling your name! Home to over 12% of Canada’s farmland, it’s the perfect place to open a booming business, and it doesn’t have as much competition as provinces such as Ontario and Alberta.
Agriculture plays a crucial part in Manitoba’s economy. Some of the most significant types of land use in the region are arable farming, raising livestock and an increasingly large production of oilseed crops. The favourite grains here include wheat, barley and oats, and the province accounts for over 70% of Canada’s buckwheat crop.
Since the northern part of the province is mostly governed by dense forests and extensive lakes, large-scale agricultural practices are rather rare in the area. The southern part of Manitoba, however, is ideal for all types of farming, with plenty of opportunities for aspiring ranchers and professionals alike. The fields around Lake Manitoba are especially favored by cattle ranchers.
If you want to master the business of farming, you can always enroll in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. And when in search of inspiration, you can travel back in time by visiting the Agricultural Museum in Austin.
Are you curious to see a few properties which might persuade you to kick start your own farming business? Take a look at these three fantastic farms for sale in Manitoba:
#1 Lakeside Ranch – Meadow Portage, Manitoba, 3,678 acres, $1,500,000
If you have some funds and you want jump right into a new kind of life, this 3,678-acre lakeside ranch on the south-eastern shore of Lake Winnipegosis might well appeal to you. With such a sizeable piece of land, you’ll find many different types of farming readily available at this property, from orchards and crop growing to animal husbandry and pastures. One of the definitive advantages of the property is that it’s mostly fenced already, with some of it being cross-fenced. The main house is a generous 5-bedroom, 3-bath home, and there is also an additional 1-bedroom, 1-bath dwelling nearby, perfect for a live-in worker. The previous owners did an excellent job with continuously maintaining the property, providing it with basic farming utilities including, for example, barns, tool sheds and maternity pens. With that being said, there are plenty more ways in which you can upgrade the farm, so the opportunities are endless. At the end of a hard workday you can take a well-deserved rest on your very own private beach—a bonus that not many farms have!
#2 21087 Road 28E, De Salaberry, Manitoba, 309 acres, $950,000
When in search of the perfect place to raise animals, one could do worse than check out this 309-acre beef and sheep farm in the Steinbach area. More than two-thirds of the property boasts fully-fenced pastures, located in the proximity of the grandiose dairy farm, and there is an attached shop overhead. A considerable shelter and an even larger bale shed can also be found nearby. The farm currently boasts 37 acres of seeded corn, where you can easily plant the crop of your choice once you’ve settled in. A spacious split-level home with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large detached garage come with the property. If you’d love to grow your own vegetables, you can convert a part of the estate into a garden of your own.
#3 Half Section Mixed Farm, Ethelbert, Manitoba, 310 acres, $360,000
While the previous listing was the perfect place to practice animal husbandry, this property is good for growing crops as well. It offers a total of 310 acres of which 140 are land suitable for planting. The ranch also features 122 acres of improved pasture, along with a large barn, two housing cattle shelters and a few other farm dwellings. Two conveniently located wells and two dugouts are also part of the property, along with a spacious home boasting 3 bedrooms. The pastures are mostly fenced, so you can let your animals graze in peace in a safe environment. Though the property already offers many useful features, there’s still plenty of room for improvements to be made to make your life as a farmer run as smoothly as possible. Finally there’s the price, which is a very tempting one indeed.
Don’t forget that this is merely a small taste of the numerous farms in Manitoba which offer plenty of interesting opportunities for many types of farming. Whether you’re in to growing fruits and vegetables or you want to raise a herd of sheep, the province has something for everybody. We’d love to hear from you! Which type of farming might you be most interested in pursuing, if you had the chance, and which of the above properties from those above would you consider most suitable for it?